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A LOOK ROUND.

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A LOOK ROUND. Next, Please! I [By SENTINEL. "] I T"} ULGARIA out of the war!" H The news, which ran like wildhre round the country on the evenin g of September 30th, naturally made {") our hearts beat high with hope. The most faithless of our enemies has at last been beaten to her knees in a short sharp campaign, and lies grovelling in the dust. We and our Allies would make no terms but unconditional sur- render, and unconditional surrender it had t.Q be. The Bulgarians, called the Prussians of the Balkans," deserve no sym'tthy, and will get none. They, V or tij«dr statesmen, lent themselves to phy the game of their unspeakable King—" King Fox "-and they will be punished by seeing the leadership of the Balkan States, which they might have had, pass from them to the Serbs and Greeks, who have deserved it. Bulgaria was the smallest of the enemies ranged against us. But the efforts put forth by the Germans to win her aid show the importance which they attached to her support. The Bulgarian Army took a great part in the war on wo occasions. It broke the heroic resistance of Serbia by a flank attack in the autumn of 1915, and, next year, repeated the operation against Rou- mania. The Bulgarian Army was an excellent weapon of war; but the chief value of the Bulgarian Alliance to Ger- many must be sought in the position of the country, which at once lay on the flank of two small enemy States and afforded a means of communication between Austria and Germany and Turkey. Now, by the terms of Bul- garia's surrender, her railways are placed in the hands of the Allies, and the Berlin-Bagdad line is cut. If the Germans are to keep the Turks supplied with stores and ammunition they will have to send them round by the Black ,-Ica- possible way but a very incon- venient one, as everything must pass J through Southern Russia, where the l' people do not love he Germans. ■•1 ¡ After the smashing defeat in Pales- tine, it is not very likely that the Turks will hold out much longer. The end may even have come before these lines are in print. They will certainly do all they can to save Constantinople. But this is one of those cases in which it is best not to prophesy unless you know—and no one knows at present what will happen next. Anyhow, our course north ward is now clear, to de- liver from bondage the land of Serbia. which has suffered so sorely. Th-e tables are turned. Having the right to send armies through Bulgaria, we shall be on the flank of the Austrians, who must now take the place of the de- fenders of the enemy's positions in the East. We and our Allies will thus be able to join hands again with the Rou- manians, who are eager to overthrow the shameful Treaty of Bucharest which was forced upon them by the Germans. If we succeed in pressing forward to Belgrade, the old capital of Serbia, and the Danube, we shall be in touch with Montenegro, the other little State which the Austrians and Germans have massacred, and with the discontented peoples of the Austrian Empire, who will probably rise at our call. The Green Bands," consisting of deserters from the Austrian Army, are said already to number some scores of thou- sands, and the whole of these will throw themselves into the arms of the Allies. The position of Austria, with the Allies and her own insurgent popula- tions pressing her from the south-east, and the Italians on her other side, will then be most difficult. There seems little chance that she will escape a fate similar to that-which the Bulgarians have suffered and which threatens the Turks. The Germans are themselves heavily pressed on the Western front, and have called in Austrian divisions to help them. They can raise no more iruops except by recalling them from Russia, and this will mean the down- fail of the Bolsheviks, and probably a geiiL-ral uprising for the salvation of Russia. All this will lake time, and we must nut .liout too soon. But that is the way things are g'oint,r, and the ( h ance nf making a "c lean peace" which will remove lor ever from the world the c hance of anoth er war of this horrib le character grows brighter every day. But we must hold fast during the coming months till our victory is com- plete. "A hugger-mugger peace" would mean that all we have done and suffered be in vain.

THE FRENCH AUXILIARY I SOLDIER.…

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